I've sat back, watched this thread unfold, clenched my teeth when uneducated posters write ignorant comments about every club that's not their own and have a childish whinge about things they either have no clue about or just don't understand. I love this site, I love the threads, the trash talk, the banter, the information, the reports, Jack's write-ups and the variety. Unfortunately, with freedom of speech comes ignorance, a lack of education and just plain dickheads.
Norwood runs this tournament as their main fundraiser because of their lack of other sources (a bar/canteen etc).
Norwood have significant teams enter all other tournaments in South Australia.
The Australia Day Weekend Tournament run at Starplex featured predominantly teams from Central, Norwood and then a variety of Country teams. Bar Central, there were more Norwood teams at that tournament than any other SA team. Easy Pass.
The Bearcats tournament and St Clair tournament has had Norwood teams involved for some time now. The number of teams entered by Norwood match the number of teams entered by any other club on average bar West Adelaide for the Bearcats tournament. Pass.
Don't stand there and throw pot shots. Don't for one second say that Norwood don't support the other SA tournaments. They are there every year. Norwood is one of the bigger tournament participants in this state.
Now to the Easter Classic. There is no other SA tournament that brings the kind of Victorian numbers and talent to South Australia. To not take advantage of the timing and opportunity that the Easter Classic provides is absolutely ludicrous. For any SA club serious about State Champs, which should be every Div 1 and 2 team, Easter provides the PERFECT preparation. Why would you not want to participate in a tournament played in identical stadiums, with a nearly identical format, against a combination of local teams and tougher interstate teams? Why not use this as a launching pad for the most important weekend of the year? Why not use it to experiment and see how your team copes with tournament play? Why not test those fringe Div 1 players? Why? I ask why?
For those of you who are knocking hellrants comments about Sturt, I just shake my head. It's filthy and disgusting behind that double blue curtain.
I spoke to a Sturt parent who was a mutual friend of a family close to mine. She had 2 kids at different clubs, one which was at Sturt. She explained that the reason Sturt were not entering teams in Easter was because "We hate Norwood".
Put aside the 'hate' for a second. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for rivalry between clubs, but each club needs the other for basketball to go somewhere in this state. No matter how much everyone dislikes Sturt or Forestville or Norwood, without them, the SA district competition would be in a very depressing condition.
Next Easter, think about you're own clubs preparation for State Champs, think about the opportunity the players have to go against Victorian's at home and think about what is good for basketball in this state. A tournament that brings Victorian teams to Adelaide is nothing but a positive. Be a part of it.